Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Award


November 14, 2007 Dear Colleagues:

The International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) invites members of the child psychiatric community of your country to ap-ply for the 2008 Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Award.

Recipients of the Award will receive travel, lodging, and registration support to attend the XVIII IACAPAP Congress, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, April 30 –May 3, 2008. In addition to attending the Congress, Award recipients will be part of mentorship activi-ties similar to the very successful program of the earlier IACAPAP Congresses in Berlin (2004) and Melbourne (2006). For your reference, the Berlin and Melbourne mentor-ship program activities are described in detail in Supplements XV and XVIII of the IA-CAPAP Bulletin (available online at

The purpose of these Awards is to foster the professional development of emerging leaders in child and adolescent psychiatry throughout the world. We under-stand ‘leadership’ in its broadest context – whereas some countries may benefit most from advancing their scientific and research development forward, others will from effecting organizational change in their pediatric mental health infrastructures, and yet others from enhancing the education and training of a new cadre of specialists. In order to maximize their chances of being award recipients, applicants should convey in their application how their individual engagement could play a pivotal role in ad-dressing the very specific needs of their country of origin. To this end, a prerequisite for all applicants is a submission and acceptance of a project suitable for a poster or oral presentation at the Congress.

We encourage all interested and eligible candidates to apply. We especially welcome applications from young colleagues in developing countries and in those where child and adolescent psychiatric needs are under-served and -represented. There is no limit to the number of applications that any given country can submit, and we encourage applicants from all disciplines related to children’s mental health to apply.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants should submit all materials listed below no later than December 31st 2007 in order to be considered by the Selection Committee. All materials should be submitted through the specific link available at the Istanbul Congress website

The ad hoc Selection Committee, formed by members of / appointed by the IACAPAP Executive Committee, will contact all applicants by February 15, 2008 with notification of award results. The Selection Committee reserves the right to elect award recipi-ents; all decisions will be final. Of note, IACAPAP has in the past worked collabora-tively with national and regional organizations in costsharing programs to support the attendance of travel fellows: we welcome and encourage any such inquiries or pro-posals.

We look forward to hearing from you, your colleagues, or your applicants very soon. We will be happy to answer questions or provide any additional information, and look forward to seeing you all in Istanbul in April.

With best regards,

Andrés Martin, M.D., M.P.H. New haven, CT, USA

Joaquin Fuentes, M.D. San Sebastian, Spain

Organizers Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Program IACAPAP - Istanbul 2008

Per-Anders Rydelius, M.D. Stockholm, Sweden President, IACAPAP

Füsun Çuhadaroðlu Çetin, M.D. President, Turkish Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Chair, Organizing Committee